How to Bypass Windows 11 Requirements
Many Windows users hurried to upgrade their operating system as soon as the Windows 11 system update was released. Since Windows 11 comes with a number of changes and new features, some compatibility issues may prevent your computer from getting this update. If your device doesn’t meet the minimum system requirements for Windows 11, there are certain steps you can take to go around them.
In this article, we’ll show you how to bypass Windows 11 installation requirements. In addition, we’ll go over all the operating system and feature-specific requirements set by Microsoft for the newest system update.
What Are the Requirements for Windows 11?
With the most recent Windows update, Microsoft has rolled out brand-new features that make Windows 11 easy to use. Even though Windows 11 was officially released in October 2021, Microsoft came out with even more Windows 11 updates in February 2022. Some system changes include a new Start menu, an integrated Microsoft Teams app, the Widgets panel on the taskbar, and other tweaks and features. The taskbar icons are placed in the center of the banner, and the user interface has been completely redesigned.
One of the most convenient things about the Windows 11 update is that it’s completely free for Windows 10 users. This is how you can quickly update your Windows 10 operating system to Windows 11:
- Go to the Start menu in the bottom-left corner.
- Select Settings from the left sidebar.
- Proceed to the Update & Security tab.
- Click on Windows Update on the left side of the window.
- Choose the Download and install button below the Windows Update section.
As you can see, updating your operating system to Windows 11 is a piece of cake. However, not all computers are compatible with the Windows 11 system update because they don’t meet the minimum system requirements. You’ll know that this applies to your device when you try to launch the update, and you get the message, “This PC can’t run Windows 11.”
Here are some of the most important minimum system requirements for the Windows 11 update:
Operating System Requirements
To install the Windows 11 update, your computer must meet these operating system requirements:
- Your computer has to be running on the Windows 10 version 2004 or later.
- Your processor needs to be running at 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster, and it must be an AMD, Intel, or a Qualcomm dual-core 64-bit processor.
- The graphics card needs to be compatible with DirectX 12 or later, and it has to have a WDDM 2.0 driver.
- Your device is required to have at least 4GB of RAM and at least 64GB of storage.
- The UEFI Secure Boot feature needs to be enabled on your device.
- Your display has to be HD (720 pixels), and it needs to have more than 9 inches diagonally, as well as 8 bits per color channel.
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM), version 2.0, needs to be installed.
- You need to have a Microsoft account for the Windows 11 Home edition.
It goes without saying that your device needs to have an internet connection in order to complete the system update. For more information about Windows 11 specifications, features, and computer requirements, visit the official Microsoft Windows 11 update page.
Along with operating system requirements, your device must also meet certain feature-specific requirements for the Windows 11 update. Here are some of the most important ones:
- Your device needs to have an Auto HDR monitor.
- 5G support is required.
- If you want to use Cortana, you need to have the microphone and speaker enabled.
- If you want to use BitLocker to Go, you need a USB flash drive.
- Client Hyper-V can only work if your processor has second-level address translation (SLAT) capabilities.
There are many more feature-specific requirements than operating system requirements. Of course, this depends on the number of Windows apps, features, and widgets you plan on using. For example, if you want to use two-factor authentication, Microsoft Teams, Multiple Voice Assistant, Wake on Voice, Windows Projection, Windows Hello, and other Windows features, there are certain requirements your device must meet. For more information about these requirements, visit Microsoft’s official page.
How to Bypass Windows 11 Requirements
Now that we’ve covered all the most important Windows 11 system requirements, let’s talk about how to get around some of them. Before getting into these workarounds, keep in mind that some requirements must be met and can’t be bypassed. What you can do is bypass TPM, RAM, Secure Boot, and CPU requirements.
The Trusted Platform Module (TPM) requirement is one thing you can go around. Microsoft requires you to have the TPM version 2.0 for Windows 11, but if your computer has TPM 1.2 or newer, bypassing this requirement is possible.
Bypass Windows 11 Requirements using Rufus
The easiest way to bypass this Windows 11 system requirement is to install Rufus. This free utility helps you create a bootable USB flash drive that you can download here. Once you have downloaded this utility, this is how you can use it to bypass the Windows 11 TPM requirement:
- Insert a USB device into your computer.
Note: For this workaround, you will need a blank USB drive with at least 16GB of storage.
- Launch Rufus.
- Under Device, find your USB Drive and select it.
- Select Disk or ISO image under Boot selection.
- Now, click on the Select button.
- Go to Windows 11 on the Download ISO Image pop-up window.
- Choose the latest version on the Release field.
- Click on the Continue button.
- Pick your preferred language on the same window.
- Choose x64 under Architecture.
- Click on the Download button.
It will take your device a few minutes to download the Windows 11 ISO file. Do not turn off the Rufus window until the download is complete. Once you see Ready under the Status bar, this is what you need to do next:
- Under Image option, choose Extended Windows 11 Installation. Make sure you click on the no TPM option.
- Proceed to the Start button in the bottom-right corner of the window.
Once again, you’ll have to wait for a few minutes for the installation process to be completed. Afterward, you are free to remove the USB drive and install Windows 11. The Windows 11 TPM requirement won’t be a problem anymore.
Bypass Windows 11 Requirements using the Registry Editor
Another method you can use to bypass Windows 11 TPM, RAM, Secure Boot, and CPU requirements is with the Registry Editor. This workaround is recommended for those who have some experience using the Registry Editor, as it may be too complicated otherwise.
Here’s how you can bypass certain Windows 11 requirements with the Registry Editor:
- Press Windows + R keys.
- Type in “
Regedit” on the Run window and click on OK.
- Go to this key:
- Click on the key on the left sidebar, and then right-click on the Setup folder.
- Select New > Key.
- Name the key LabConfig.
- Now, right-click within the LabConfig folder and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Name this key BypassTPMCheck.
- Double-click on the new file and set Value data to 1.
- Under Base, make sure Hexadecimal is selected, and choose OK.
- Repeat this process and create a new DWORD named BypassSecureBoot, setting the value to 1.
- After following these steps, close the Registry Editor and restart your computer.
If you want to disable the RAM check, follow the same steps, except you need to name the LabConfig DWORD differently. You’ll name the file “BypassRAMCheck.” All the other steps for this workaround are the same.
- Also, if you need to disable the CPU check, open up the registry and go to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\MoSetup.
- Now, right-click in the window or on the folder and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Name it AllowUpgradesWithUnsupportedTPMOrCPU and set its value to 1.
Don’t Let Windows 11 Requirements Stop You
The newest Windows 11 system update comes with many new features and a more advanced user interface. Even though updating your operating system to Windows 11 is free to Windows 10 users, not all devices have this option. That being said, there are a couple of ways you can bypass Windows 11 installation requirements and update your Windows.
Have you had any issues with Windows 11 installation requirements? Did you manage to bypass them with one of the workarounds from this guide? Let us know in the comments section below.